Queensland

Consultation period begins on major updates to Gold Coast City Plan

THE City of Gold Coast last week called for public feedback on the first major updates to the City Plan, including new and amended policies, updated planning controls and a draft Local Government Infrastructure Plan.

Planning Committee Chair Cameron Caldwell said the plan sets out the vision for managing and supporting long-term growth and described it as a crucial tool in shaping the Gold Coast into a world-class city.

'Surf and skyscrapers at sunset', Gold Coast, Queensland
Above: 'Surf and skyscrapers at sunset', Gold Coast, Queensland / by Jo Grant.

"Our City Plan is a living document and we are committed to an ongoing program of regular updates to ensure it remains current and responsive," he said.

"The proposed updates are designed to meet State Government requirements, align with community expectations and achieve best practice."

The proposed City Plan updates include:

  • New provisions for small lot housing to provide for quality design outcomes;
  • Updated flood overlay maps that reflect a flood that has a one per cent chance of occurring in any year;
  • Recognising the character and visual amenity for Burleigh Heads Village and Tugun Village;
  • Streamlining of assessment for a number of social, community, recreational and public supporting activities;
  • Changes to the low density residential zone to allow subdivisions down to 400 square metres on corner lots, dual frontage lots and within a short walkable distance of designated centres;
  • Supporting appropriate future growth and opportunities in the area surrounding Harbour Town shopping centre;
  • Changes to City Plan policies to update standards, improve useability and provide more guidance on satisfying assessment; and
  • A draft Local Government Infrastructure Plan that outlines the City's vision for trunk infrastructure services including water supply, sewerage, parks, community spaces and transport networks.

More information is available from the City of Gold Coast website at <https://www.gchaveyoursay.com.au/majorupdate>. The consultation period ends on 15 November 2017.

Photo: 'Surf and skyscrapers at sunset', Gold Coast, Queensland / Jo Grant / Licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC 2.0.

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